UFC 144 Results/Bonuses/Meds/Gate/Ratings

UFC 144 in which we saw a legend fall (an overweight legend) 2 fighters once considered finished, defy expectations in spectacular fashion, some questionable judging and incredible come from behind victory, a return to form for 2 fighters, a big KO that may set up an anticipated rematch for the LW title, a LW make  the division stand up and take notice and once again a controversial decision crowns a new LW Champ. You didn’t watch? The last sentence is confusing to you? Well, you F23Ked up, and big. UFC 144 in Japan was an excellent card with some great fights, some good fights and entertaining from start to finish.

Frankie Edgar was dethroned, Benson Henderson is in the drivers seat, Hatsu Hioki is a FW to keep an eye on, Anthony Pettis did what he needed to with authority. Tim Boetsch proved again, he is a force at MW. Mark Hunt put in work for a quick KO victory, while Ryan Bader ground down Rampage for a well deserved decision victory, Kid Yamamoto suffered yet another loss as did Akiyama and Okami while Jake Shields gritted his teeth and showed his heart and determination, Issei Tamura brought the heat and Riki Fukuda showed he shouldn’t be overlooked. Finally, Frankie Edgar showed us why he was champ, his raw determination is awe inspiring. Despite my absolute horror at seeing him fight his 3rd opponent in 7 fights, he does deserve the rematch, I hope Dana relents and gives him his due. A consolation (forced) move to 145 is just plain disrespectful to Frankie and all that he’s accomplished. What did you think about UFC 144?

BuyRate: 375,000 (unconfirmed estimate)
Ratings on FX: 1.5 million viewers (staggering increase for FX)

Attendance: aprox 20,000 (no hard numbers yet)
Gate: not released

Medical Suspensions

Tiequan Zhang; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Elji Mitsuoka; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Elji Mitsuoka; 180 days or negative nasal x-ray for possible fracture
Joe Lauzon; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Tim Boetsch; 30 days no contest; 21 days no contact
Yushin Okami; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Cheick Kongo; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Quinton Jackson; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Quinton Jackson; 180 days or right knee cleared by orthopedic doctor
Benson Henderson; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Benson Henderson; 180 days or negative x-ray of both hands and left foot for possible fracture
Frankie Edgar; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact

Preliminary card (Facebook)

  • Featherweight bout: China Zhang Tiequan vs. Japan Issei Tamura
    Tamura defeated Zhang via KO (punch) at 0:32 of round 2.

Preliminary card (FX)

  • Bantamweight bout: Japan Takeya Mizugaki vs. United States Chris Cariaso
    Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
  • Middleweight bout: Japan Riki Fukuda vs. United States Steve Cantwell
    Fukuda defeated Cantwell via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 30–27).
  • Bantamweight bout: Japan Norifumi Yamamoto vs. England Vaughan Lee
    Lee defeated Yamamoto via submission (armbar) at 4:29 of round 1.
  • Lightweight bout: Japan Takanori Gomi vs. Japan Eiji Mitsuoka
    Gomi defeated Mitsuoka via TKO (punches) at 2:21 of round 2.

Main card

  • Lightweight bout: United States Anthony Pettis vs. United States Joe Lauzon
    Pettis defeated Lauzon via KO (head kick & punches) at 1:21 of round 1.
  • Featherweight bout: Japan Hatsu Hioki vs. Poland Bart Palaszewski
    Hioki defeated Palazewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29–28).
  • Middleweight bout: Japan Yushin Okami vs. United States Tim Boetsch
    Boetsch defeated Okami via TKO (punches) at 0:54 of round 3.
  • Welterweight bout: Japan Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. United States Jake Shields
    Shields defeated Akiyama via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
  • Heavyweight bout: New Zealand Mark Hunt vs. France Cheick Kongo
    Hunt defeated Kongo via TKO (punches) at 2:11 of round 1.
  • Catchweight (211 lb) bout: United States Quinton Jackson vs. United States Ryan Bader
    Bader defeated Jackson via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
  • Lightweight Championship bout: United States Frankie Edgar (c) vs. United States Ben Henderson
    Henderson defeated Edgar via unanimous decision (49–46, 48–47, 49–46) to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion.

Bonus awards $65,000

  • Fight of the Night: United States Frankie Edgar vs. United States Ben Henderson
  • Knockout of the Night: United States Anthony Pettis
  • Submission of the Night: England Vaughan Lee

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Anthony Dominguez
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